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CW Superhero Update: Latest on ‘Arrow’s’ Black Canary’s True Identity, The Flash and Wonder Woman


At Tuesday morning’s TCA panel, The CW’s president Mark Pedowitz had a lot to say about the network’s future with superheroes and he surprised reporters by letting out a major Arrow spoiler.

First up was the announcement that the network was potentially developing a new series based on the DC Comics’ character the Flash. Like Arrow and Smallville before it, the new show would be an origin story. While the Flash has many different alter egos in comic lore, The CW will be working with Dr. Barry Allen.

The doctor will be introduced as a recurring character during Arrow’s upcoming second season. Casting is underway, but there are no names being thrown around yet. Pedowitz reminded reporters that he thinks it’s great if they get a name actor and if they don’t, the actor will become a name.

Since this is an origin story, it’s (probably) safe to assume that Arrow viewers will meet Barry Allen before he discovers his powers since the producers have been adamant about keeping the show grounded in reality.

Update: Barry will appear in episodes 8 and 9 and again in episode 20, which will serve as a backdoor pilot for the potential spinoff.

Now for that big SPOILER – turn away if you don’t want to know. After much speculation about the new character being played by Caity Lutz, Pedowitz confirmed that she will be Laurel’s sister – the presumed dead Sara Lance. (In season one flashbacks, Sara was played by The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood). He would not confirm that she will be Black Canary, but we’ve all seen the Comic Con trailer.

Finally, Pedowitz addressed the network’s other potential superhero origin story, Amazon, which is the Wonder Woman pilot. He told reporters it was still in contention, but it is on pause because the script is not where they want it.

What do you think superhero fans? Are you excited for The Flash to come to Arrow? Who would you cast in the role? What about the Arrow reveal? Do you think we’ll ever get to see Laurel Lance become Black Canary?

Mandy Treccia
Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that.

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  1. […] biggest piece by far was the reveal of Canary’s true identity. Since we covered TCA this summer, we already knew that a not-so-dead-after-all Sara Lance was the woman behind the mask (side note: […]

  2. I just want Olicity.

  3. […] and fans alike were thrown for a loop when news broke that Caity Lutz had signed on to play the Black Canary, an alter ego everyone assumed was destined for Katie Cassidy’s Laurel. Producers were quick to […]

  4. […] As we reported on Tuesday, The CW is developing a potential series based on the DC Comics’ character The Flash and his alter ego Dr. Barry Allen. The character will first be introduced on the network’s other superhero series, “Arrow.” […]

  5. I agree with you, aside from the casting. I never cared much for the first version of Sara. But I’m really upset that it seems like they’re just going to tell Oliver’s story all over again with Black Canary and Katie Cassidy will end up being sidelined.

  6. SIgh, I get having to change things because if not we would get bored but I am not thrilled with the casting change of Sara nor that she will be the Black Canary or the impending love triangle. If anything I feel it makes the show jump the shark and makes me significantly less interested in watching.

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